Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

October 12, 2005

BOYS

Sport Football

Campanaro rushes to River Hill's rescue

Nick Campanaro, a senior Mount St. Joseph transfer, answered the call for the best game of his career, rushing for three touchdowns on 203 yards and 27 carries in Friday's 28-14 victory at Wilde Lake. The win raised the Hawks' record to 5-0 both in the Howard County league and overall. It also helped the defending county champion River Hill squad improve its winning streak against league rivals to 16 consecutive games.

Campanaro was an understudy to Terps running back Keon Lattimore at Mount St. Joseph during his sophomore year, but he had earned his reputation on defense. At River Hill, however, Campanaro has rushed for 550 yards and eight touchdowns.

At 5 feet 10 and 195 pounds, Campanaro is built for power and also has decent speed out of the backfield. Against Wilde Lake, Campanaro bulled his way for two scores from 2 yards out, and another from a yard away. Against the Wildecats, Campanaro played sparingly at linebacker, helping the Hawks to limit a powerful running game to 82 rushing yards.

Others considered: Jeremy Hauburger, Eastern Tech, football; Andrew Robinson, Calvert Hall, football; Dorian Bostic, Patterson, football.

GIRLS

Sport Volleyball

Stansbury is catalyst for streaking Liberty

Melissa Stansbury played the key role last week in keeping the area's longest-ever volleyball winning streak rolling. A 5-foot-10 outside hitter for No. 2 Liberty, the junior had 23 kills, 21 service points, six aces, 14 digs and excellent passing in leading the Lions to wins over Winters Mill and Frederick to run their streak to 48 straight matches.

In Friday night's 26-24, 25-15, 24-26, 25-19 win over Carroll County rival Winters Mill, Stansbury had 10 kills as a balanced attack improved the two-time state champion Lions to 10-0. They remain in first place in the county and in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Conference.

She also passed well in both matches. "She's one of the best passers I've ever coached," Lions coach Dave Trumbo said. "We score a lot of points when she's in the back row, because she's passing and we can run a lot of stuff."

Stansbury has a 4.6 weighted grade point average and is also on the Lions' track teams.

Others considered: Lily Boleyn, Centennial, soccer; Brittney Davidson, Digital Harbor, volleyball; Abbie Merkl, Archbishop Spalding, volleyball.

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